A US federal judge on Thursday rejected Parler’s request that Amazon.com Inc restore web hosting services for the social media platform, which Amazon had discontinued following the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol. US District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said Parler is unlikely to prove that Amazon violated its contract or antitrust law by suspending service on January 10 and that “it was not a close decision.”
He also strongly rejected the suggestion that the public interest would serve as a preliminary injunction requiring Amazon Web Services to “host the type of violent and abusive content in question in this case, particularly in light of the recent uprisings on the Capitol. of the United States “. “That event,” he added, “was a tragic reminder that inflammatory rhetoric can – more quickly and easily than many of us would have hoped – turn a legal protest into a violent insurrection.”
Parler and Amazon did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Amazon said Parler violated its contract by ignoring repeated warnings to address the steady rise of violent content, including calls to assassinate prominent Democratic politicians, corporate executives, and members of the media.
Parler said Amazon had no contractual right to pull the plug, and did so out of “political animosity” to take advantage of it. Twitter Inc, a larger Amazon customer who according to Parler hasn’t censored violent content targeting conservatives. Rothstein rejected that argument, saying that Parler had simply raised the “spectrum of preferential treatment” for Twitter.
Many supporters of former US President Donald Trump favor Parler, who claimed to have more than 12 million users. Parler, who calls himself a “free speech” space, remains largely offline after being abandoned by Amazon and Apple Inc and app store. Those companies cited Parler’s lack of experience in controlling violent content.
A static version of Parler’s website has recently returned, including a notice saying that Parler was having technical difficulties and a handful of posts from people like Fox News presenter Mark Levin.
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